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Chicago’s swanky Elysian hotel to become a Waldorf Astoria

Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Chicago's acclaimed Waldorf Astoria Chicago will no longer be an independent luxury boutique hotel, Crain's Chicago reports.

It's going to become a Waldorf Astoria, Hilton's luxury brand, the article says.

Crain's cites unnamed sources, but Hotel Check-In has heard the same information from sources. Other luxury brands from the U.S. and abroad had also visited the hotel to possibly run it.

The hotel will take a brand name because the other part of the news is that billionaire financier Sam Zell is buying the hotel for about $95 million, sources tell Crain's.

If true, the per-room price for the 188-room hotel would be $505,000 – the highest, Crain's says, for a Chicago hotel. Zell apparently expects to lift the hotel's value by bringing in Hilton to manage it and market it to its millions of customers.

The owner of the hotel, which opened during the recession two years ago and … Read the rest

Hilton’s UAE expansion focuses on Ras Al Khaimah

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Al Hamra Fort Hotel and Beach Resort

Hilton is rapidly adding more hotels in the UAE, but not in the widely-known cities of Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Instead, the hotel company is focusing its expansion on the relatively low-key northern emirate of Ras al Khaimah, which aims to attract visitors looking for a quieter and less costly alternative to its glitzier neighbours in the country.

With a population of about 300,000, Ras al Khaimah is a relatively sleepy destination compared to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, but it offers rugged natural beauty and more of a local flavour as a higher percentage of Emiratis live in the emirate.

RAK is keen to boost its tourism revenue and has embarked on a plan to invest $100m in hotels and other infrastructure projects over the next four years with the aim of quadrupling its tourism footfall.

Tapping a growing market

With RAK raising its tourism profile, Hilton is one of … Read the rest

Baltimore Hilton is off to a promising start

Monday, June 27th, 2011
Hilton Baltimore

The city-owned Hilton Baltimore is far from a thrilling piece of architecture. Its massive bulk blocks the view of the eye-pleasing Bromo Seltzer Tower for fans sitting in Camden Yards. But as a convention hotel designed to boost the tourism trade and offer jobs to local residents, it is off to a promising, if slow-footed, start.

That is the financial takeaway from a recent audit of the hotel prepared for the city's Board of Estimates. Now in its third year of operation, the 757-room hotel is taking in enough revenue to pay its bills and its 454 employees and to service its bonds. Its occupancy rate for 2010, 62 percent, and its revenue per average room, a little over $125 in April, are slightly above those for other Baltimore hotels. Both those measures are climbing.

The picture, like the perspective from the baseball stadium, is not perfect. After figuring … Read the rest

Hilton Garden Inn® Denver South Begins a $2 Million Renovation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Meridian

The 157-room Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Meridian begins a $2.3 million dollar renovation of its guest rooms and public space. The hotel is located in South Denver and is managed by Sage Hospitality, based in downtown Denver, CO.

“We are happy to announce a renovation has recently begun at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Meridian,” said Jeremy Goodman, General Manager. “This renovation will allow us to exceed our guest’s expectations and appeal to all travelers with a new beautiful updated look to compliment our comfortable guest rooms and amenities such as the Garden Sleep System® beds, spacious work desks and our cooked-to-order breakfast.”

Ideally situated just minutes from the Denver Tech Center in the Meridian International Business Park, the Hilton Garden Inn Denver South provides the amenities to ensure guests have everything they need while traveling for business or pleasure.

All Hilton Garden Inn hotels feature the brand’s signature Garden Sleep System® bed – … Read the rest

Biggest US REIT May Pay $150 Million For Melbourne Hotel

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf

THE largest lodging real estate investment trust in the United States may be moving into the Melbourne hotel market.

According to the AFR, Host Hotels & Resorts is eyeing the $150 million Hilton Melbourne South Wharf complex, at the riverside junction that divides the CBD from Southbank and Docklands.  The hotel was listed for sale by private developer Plenary which is expected to maintain some stake in the hotel.

A Host spokesperson confirmed it was “exploring acquisition and development opportunities” in the Asia Pacific

In the first three months of 2011, Host has acquired three hospitality holdings: the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, the New York Helmsley Hotel, and a portfolio of seven New Zealand properties acquired from that country’s Tourism Asset Holdings.

Any sale of the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf follows the $54 million sale of the Travelodge Docklands Melbourne, and the $109 million Hilton Melbourne Hotel – both of which … Read the rest

Sunstone To Acquire Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc., said Tuesday it has agreed to take a 75% controlling stake in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for $475.0 million. The company's first quarter-to-date revenue per available room increased about 5.4 percent as its gateway markets and recent acquisitions continued to outperform expectations.

For its 32 hotel Comparable Portfolio, which excludes the Royal Palm Miami Beach Hotel, Sunstone expects RevPAR or revenue per available room to rise 5.4 percent for the first quarter.

Sunstone revealed a definitive agreement of $475.0 million to acquire the 75% majority interest in a joint venture that owns the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront located in San Diego. The valuation translates into about $399,000 per key.

After the acquisition which is expected to close during the second quarter, Sunstone said it expects to enter into $240.0 million of non-recourse senior mortgage debt with an expected maturity in April 2016, which will bear … Read the rest

Disaster claims first Tokyo hotel closing

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Mercure Hotel Ginza Tokyo

In the days since the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern Japan, the country has received no mercy from the elements. A subsequent tsunami rinsed coastal areas of structures and human life and now the area is at risk of radiation from nuclear reactor meltdowns.

The earthquake’s magnitude was revised upward 14 March by the United States Geological Survey.

Amid the crisis, there is news the Tokyo hotel industry has survived and continues to serve its community. will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

The hotel management released the following statement 21 March: “Following the natural disasters in Japan on 11 March and the resulting logistical difficulties and hazards, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo will not be accepting any new guests until further notice. Bookings will resume as soon as the energy supply and normal hotel operation can and has been restored.

“We appreciate your understanding as our thoughts remain with … Read the rest

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